JUPITER, FL--(Marketwired – August 5, 2014) - GelTech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: GLTC) (OTCQB: GLTC) announced today that FireIce was successfully deployed by firefighting aircraft contracted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, and was able to aid in containing one of the first wildfires of the season. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has purchased and is using FireIce in a season-long pilot program to evaluate the product in aerial firefighting and fire engine applications.
In its first wildfire deployment this season, FireIce earned the praise of pilots and wildland firefighters on the ground as being effective and easy to use. FireIce is non-toxic and its environmental impact is negligible compared to other fire chemicals used in wildland firefighting, particularly in sensitive ecosystems. FireIce is also non-corrosive and weighs significantly less than other commonly used chemicals, enhancing the safety of pilots and their aircraft.
“We are pleased to be working with Minnesota DNR during this fire season, and our team was ready to help support the agency leading up to and during the first fire,” stated Matt Struzziero, GelTech’s Director of Sales and Strategic Operations. “Agency feedback has been very positive and other agencies across the country have taken notice. We understand the challenges that agencies face in working with new products and vendors in wildland firefighting, and the entire GelTech organization is dedicated to ensuring that our customers receive first class support every step of the way.”
This latest success comes at a time when the FireIce Wildland Division continues to gain momentum in 2014, which is already the most successful year for wildland firefighting in company history. Multiple state and federal agencies across the U.S. and Canada are evaluating FireIce as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to existing fire chemicals used in wildland firefighting. Additional pilot programs and evaluations will be coming online over the summer.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is responsible for forest fire protection on all state and private forest. Minnesota is also a member of the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact, and provides mutual assistance and resource sharing to member agencies including: Michigan; Wisconsin; Ontario; and Manitoba. The compact also works with Federal agencies when appropriate, including: US Forest Service; US National Park Service; and US Fish & Wildlife Service.
About GelTech Solutions, Inc.
GelTech Solutions creates innovative, Earth-friendly, cost-effective products that help industry, agriculture, and the general public achieve environmental and safety goals such as water conservation and protecting lives, homes and property from fires. All the products currently marketed by GelTech Solutions, Inc. were created for the Company by inventor and chief technology officer, Peter Cordani.
FireIce is a patent pending fire suppressant used for direct attack of fires as well as a medium term retardant for structure protection. FireIce can be used in all types of apparatus: fire extinguishers, pumper trucks, aerial units for wildfires and all equipment used in municipal applications. FireIce is a water enhancing powder that can be utilized both as a fire suppressant in urban firefighting, including underground utility fires, and in wildland firefighting and as a medium-term fire retardant to protect wildlands, structures and firefighters.
GelTech also markets Soil2O which is both a non-toxic soil conditioner and a dust abatement product. Soil2O "Dust Control" products and solutions stop all types of particulate matter from entering the air and water, solving even the most stubborn dust control problems. Soil2O Granular and Topical blends reduce water consumption up to 50% and promote healthy root development in plants and lawns, generating faster seed germination by keeping nutrients and moisture at the root level longer. For more information on GelTech, please visit: www.geltechsolutions.com
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